Former Finance, External Affairs Minister, India
• Former Finance, External Affairs Minister of India;
• Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Surface Transport;
• Under Secretary and Deputy Secretary in the Finance Department of the Bihar Government;
• First Secretary (Commercial) in the Indian Embassy, Bonn, Germany (1971-1973);
• Consul General of India in Frankfurt (1973-1974);
• Ministry of Commerce as Deputy Secretary to the Government of India;
• Joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1960; and
• Political Science Professor at Patna University (1958-1960).
Patna University (Masters Degree in Political Science, 1958).
Climate Change: Beyond Polar Bears
Ledger: A polar bear stranded on an island of ice has been an iconic image of the effects of climate change.
But Penn State University scientist Michael Mann, giving a lecture on climate change last month at the University of Florida, said he's been criticized for including polar bears in his presentation because they don't seem relevant to people's everyday lives.
So he includes photos of weather extremes fueled by climate change that are relevant to the state where he's giving the lecture. For his...
United States to help China crack down vehicle emissions
Reuters: The United States will help China implement stricter emission standards for vehicles in a bid to help the world's biggest carbon emitter tackle rampant air pollution, the White House announced on Thursday.
The announcement was one of several made at the conclusion of Vice President Joe Biden's visit to China on Thursday, where he met with President Xi Jinping and other senior Chinese officials to discuss ways to strengthen economic ties between the countries in addition to the escalating geopolitical...
Is California's Monterey Shale a major oil resource or over-hyped?
EnergyWire: In the fight over hydraulic fracturing in California, opponents of the drilling process frequently argue that restrictions are needed because of the potential for a massive oil boom in the state.
There could be rapid expansion, they warn, if oil companies find a way to extract petroleum trapped in the state's Monterey Shale formation.
Now a report says that the hype over the Monterey Shale may be overblown.
An analysis funded by the Post Carbon Institute (PCI) and Physicians, Scientists...
Japan finds scrapping nuclear boosts pollution, fuel cost
Bloomberg: Japan is finding the alternatives to nuclear power pollute more or come with higher fuel costs, limiting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe?s scope to reshape the energy industry almost three years after the meltdown in Fukushima.
The government is due to publish today its first draft proposals on how to secure future power supplies as the reactors that provided more than a quarter of Japan?s electricity before the earthquake in 2011 remain closed.
With 50 atomic plants off-line, coal use rose 26 percent...
Climate Change Is Creating Anxious Fish
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Scientists have known for some time that the lowering of the oceanic pH level -- the result of humans pumping gigatons of CO2 into the atmosphere -- isn't great for marine life. The CO2 reduces the amount of calcium-based minerals in the water, creating difficulties for animals with...
Renewable fuel backers try to change EPA's mind at hearing
Reuters: Supporters of the renewable fuels industry turned out en masse on Thursday, desperate for the U.S. government to change course after last month announcing a plan to lower the amount of biofuels that must be added to the fuel supply in 2014.
About 300 people attended a public meeting held by the Environmental Protection Agency on the Renewable Fuel Standard, proposed changes which have become one of the most divisive policy issues of the year.
The number of stakeholders who signed up to testify...
?World?s action needed now before we sink to the bottom of the ocean.'
Islands Business: Climate change and tourism challenges and opportunities took center stage at yesterday?s opening of a three-day summit that brought Micronesian presidents and governors to Saipan. The 19th Micronesian Chief Executives? Summit also hope that Guam Governor Eddie B. Calvo?s recent appointment to the presidential task force on climate preparedness and resilience would bring to the fore the tiny islands? huge challenges. One by one, presidents and governors shared their concerns about climate change...
Deforestation Spawns Creeping Desert Central Argentina
Inter Press Service: This small town in the semi-arid central Argentine province of Córdoba now has a 24-hour hotline for people to report their neighbours for sprinkling their lawns or using water to clean off the sidewalks.
The water shortage is felt throughout the province, but it is especially bad in the most populous areas ? the provincial capital Córdoba, the Sierras Chicas hills to the northwest of the city, and the Punilla valley.
Córdoba has the highest level of deforestation in Argentina. All that remains...